Where does the GRUB loader get installed to
I've posted this question many times, with no definite answer, quite surprising really as so many people are using Linux/Ubuntu.
I'm doing a quad boot on my Macbook Pro.
The configuration of partitions are:
WIN 7 - DOS
WIN XP -DOS
MAC - HFS+
FREE (Soon to be Linux & SWAP)
When I get to the point where I'm installing Unbuntu & asked where to install the BOOT LOADER, I've tried a few places.
My Linux partition is DEV/SDA 7 - EXT 3 file system & DEV/SDA 6 SWAP file location.
The post I originally read to do the quad boot, the instructor had a FAT 32 STORAGE space on partition 2.
Then when they installed the boot loader for Ubuntu via the Advanced settings,the picture they presented, they typed (hd0,2) as the place where they wanted the boot loader to go.
After researching I believe (hd0,2) refers to partition 2 - which would have been the storage space with no operating system in it.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't (hdx,y) refer to an IDE/PATA drive & (sdx,y) refers to a SATA drive?
So I've tried:
1) (hd0,2) - caused the WIN 7 boot icon to disappear from rEFIT & Linux wouldn't boot anyway.
2) (hd0,5) - created an extra Linux icon on the rEFIT boot page - other mac,win 7 , win xp stayed - linux wouldn't boot
3) (hd0,7) - again created another boot icon on the rEFIt boot page - other mac,win 7, win xp stayed - linux wouldn't boot
4) (hd0,0) or DEV/SDA hard drive main root - which moved the Linux icon to the left next to the Mac one.
When in this position it seemed to control the Mac & Win 7 & Win XP boot up.
Basically click on Linux, GRUB menu appeared with choice of ALL 4 operating systems.
Click on Mac, Mac booted up.
Click on Win 7 - GRUB menu appeared with the choice.
Click on Win XP - GRUB menu appeared with the choice.
So my initial theory is the GRUB should be either on the ROOT DEV/SDA or on the ACTUAL PARTITION where the SYSTEM FILES are installed, in my CASE DEV/SDA 7?
If on DEV/SDA 7, how do you stop it conflicting with the WINDOWS boot loaders?
If there is NO way of having the GRUB working with the WINDOWS boot loaders, then I will settle for the WAY I had it where the GRUB MENU would appear & give the choice of operating system to boot up.
Alternatively I am rearranging the partition structure to:
FREE ( soon to be Linux & SWAP file)
Just to see if it makes any difference.
I did move the WIN 7 & WIN XP around & got an ERROR - Missing Hal.dll file when I tried to boot up WIN XP, so gone back to the other arrangement.
Thanks for reading & I look forward to your replies.